Excerpt from The Covent-Garden Journal, Vol. 2 Mr. Censor, It hath been a common Observation, That great Scholars kw thing of the World. The Reason of this is t, as generally it is imagined, that the Greek and Latin Languages have a natural Tendency to vitiate the human Understanding; but in solemn Truth, Gentlemen who obtain an early Acquaintance with the Manners and Customs of the Antients, are too apt to form their Ideas of their own Times, on the Patterns of Ages which bear t the least Resemblance to them. Hence they have fallen into the greatest Errors and Absurdities; and hence, I suppose, was derived the Observation above-mentioned. Numberless are the Instances which may be produced of these Errors of the Literati; so many indeed that I have often thought there is less Difference between those Notions of the World which are drawn from Letters, and those which are drawn from Men, than there is between the Ideas of the human Complexion, which are conceived by one in perfect Health, and one in the Jaundice. Let us suppose a Man, possessed of this Jaundice of Literature, conveyed into the Levees of the Great. What Notion will he be likely to entertain of the several Persons who compose that illustrious Assembly, from their Behaviour? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.